[sf-lug] update from computer newbie

jim stockford jim at well.com
Fri Jul 7 13:00:48 PDT 2006

    Rick Moen's Cabal installfest is this Saturday:
check out the URL and take it down to his place.
http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/   # directions, times, etc. are at bottom 
of the page.

    You're very welcome to come over to my house.
I'll be happy to come to your house. Some other
members might be interested, too.

    In my view, one of the main things in choosing an
OS is choosing playmates--i.e. look first to whom you
know and choose the OS they're using (not including
Windows, of course).
    You've chosen PCLOS
http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/3677  # useful review
http://www.pclinuxos.com/news.php  # home page

    As to your choices, if it were I, I'd choose
Apache  # on GP
BitTorrent  # if necessary for client use of bittorrent downloads
CUPS/IPP  # unless you won't be printing anything ever
ICMP  # sure, participate in the IP world
Mail Server  # if needed for system admin stuff
Open ssh Daemon  # let people in
POP and IMAP server  # if needed for email client or Mail Server stuff

    Hard to know in some cases without knowing the config
of the system. For instance, some systems use sendmail
to notify the root user of events (conjunct with logging).
    I'll bet others in this group have good advise.

On Jul 7, 2006, at 12:12 PM, bob sungib wrote:

> > Hey Jim - don't know if you remember me, but I came to some sflug
> > meetings last fall/winter at which you all graciously answered my
> > questions regarding buying my 1st computer and installing linux.
> After
> > many months now, I finally purchased a laptop (I just could not
> > justify the space for a desktop). It's an ACER from newegg.com -
> cheap
> > @ $541 - but fine for learning linux, I'm sure. I should be getting
> my
> > pclinuxos installation cd in the mail today and my goal is to install
> > it this weekend (sonic.net tells me I should have my dsl turned on
> > this coming Monday). I've spent the last few weeks at the library
> > canvassing the web for installation guides and help, as well as
> > printing out the pclos installation guide and reading relevant forum
> > posts. Most guidelines unfortunately assume a dual boot install (w/
> > Windows) but I prefer to erase MS and have pclos  as a sole os on my
> > hd. Any suggestions or cautions would be appreciated. I would think
>  > that erasing Windows would make a  linux installation easier but I'm
> a
> > newbie so who knows?  I understand that once you've done a few
> > installs it's a piece of cake but for me it seems very daunting. I'll
> > give it a go this weekend and see what happens. Hopefully I'm not
> > biting off more than I can chew! If I am I'll certainly be calling
> out
> > to sflug-ers for help. One other question: in setting up a firewall
> in
> > pclos my choices of what to allow are these: Apache Web server,
> > BitTorrent, CUPS/IPP print server, Domain Name Server, FTP server,
> > ICMP Echo (ping) Request, Mail Server, Open ssh Daemon, POP and IMAP
> > server. Many of these are necessary I'm sure to receive e-mail,
> > download files, print, etc., but is there anything on this list you
> > would suggest to block (disallow)? Thanks for your help.
> >  
> > Jeff Gibson    PS: my phone # is 415.626.7095 if it is easier to
> call.
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